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On The Campaign Trail: Politics and the People

Op/Ed By Wallace Mabry


Wallace Mabry

Wallace Mabry

We are all vested, whether that vested interest is emotional, psychological, or social, in one political camp or another.

And, although those of us who would profess to be a-political may confess, in the main, to moments of indecision or discretionary periods of inactivity of thought on the subject matter; we are persuaded, politically, by our interests and our predilections, oftentimes without a thorough understanding of the political nuances, to follow individuals or groups who appeal to our particular dispositions at the time.

We base those appeals on what we determine to be well-reasoned arguments, which are bolstered by a number of options cited that have the greatest foreseeable potential to result in obtainable opportunities and enrichments.

We thrive on the probabilities of hope, and the possibilities of a granted prayer.

We triangulate our principles to fit the status quo.

Politicians pursue us through our various affiliations.

Politicians, for the most part, are opportunists. They feed on selective public opinion, and from whispers emanating from their constituencies that carry, in their estimations, the greatest marketable social values.

And, through a fine tuning of rhetoric, they legislate and support public policies, a great many of which result in new laws, or new interpretations that piggy back and augment existing laws.

Politics, for all intents and purposes, serve to excite the landscape with promises of reform and redemption, jobs, educational prospects, and economic development that create a sense of empowerment, and give impetus to millions of people to get it right this time.

Get on the campaign trail, register people to vote, and by so doing usher in the agenda of the politician we should have had before the one who was voted in the last time.

Voters, however, need to be very wary and ever cognizant that sales(wo)manship is the science underlying the rhetoric of politicians.

Consider the recent GOP chairman Bill Reilich affair, and our own esteemed county executive, Cheryl Dinolfo, and her pre-election sales pitch to bring integrity to Monroe County government.

We bought into her rhetoric, voted her into office, and, at the very first opportunity to show her grit, courage and strength of office, she failed, miserably, proving her commitment to integrity to be no greater than Maggie Brooks and her cohorts’ proven lack of commitment to integrity.

Politics is a game people play, and work at for power, money, prestige, and careers in public office.

The only expectation to be had by those of us who vote these politicians into office is that they will serve their political bosses, who just do not happen to include us.

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